With the Diwali season every year for the past few years, the Air Quality of the national capital Delhi deteriorates severely. And this year too, in spite of a full crackers ban, Delhi observed bursting of crackers on the occasion of Diwali, which led Delhi’s Air Quality to deteriorate.
It must be noted that a day after Diwali, i.e., on 5th November 2021, the Delhi AQI hit “severe level” making Delhi’s air “Hazardous.” With the increasing level of pollution, the visibility dropped significantly as a thick layer of smog appeared as a blanket in the sky.
Delhi AQI at 10 AM on 5th November 2021 in Anand Vihar was recorded at 902. Moreover, the lung-damaging fine particles known as PM2.5 went up to 494 micrograms per cubic meter, and PM10 levels went up to 902 micrograms per cubic meter.
It must be noted that as per the Delhi Government’s Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), the air quality of Delhi has entered into the emergency category ever since the PM2.5 and PM10 surged beyond 300 micrograms per cubic meter and 500 micrograms per cubic meter respectively, for more than 48 hours.
So, in this article further let’s know more about What Air Quality Index is, and its related information.
Going by the definition, an Air Quality Index is a standard measure used by government agencies to communicate to the public how polluted the air currently is or how polluted it is expected to become. With a rise in the Air Quality Index (AQI), the risk to public health also increases. While different nations have their own air quality indices, considering the different national air quality standards.
From 0-50 AQI- Good
From 50-100 AQI- Moderate
From 100-150 AQI- Unhealthy for sensitive people
From 150-200 AQI- Unhealthy
From 200-300 AQI- Very Unhealthy
From 300-500 AQI- Hazardous